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Natural Remedy Double-Header: Homemade Throat Spray & Cough Drops!

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Unfortunately, cold and flu season is in full swing here in Utah. In the past couple of weeks it seems as though everyone I know has had a cough or sore throat at some point! While I still strongly recommend the Cold & Flu Bomb protocol to everyone, in the meantime it’s nice to have something to soothe the sting and itch of a sore throat and cough. So today I’ve put together a double header of natural remedies for you – a sore throat spray and some great homemade honey cough drops!

Sore Throat Spray

This spray has several powerhouse ingredients that will help soothe a scratchy throat. There’s ACV (apple cider vinegar), whose acidity is great at killing bacteria and loosening phlegm, and also raw honey, which is very soothing on a sore throat. The sea salt helps mimic the action of a salt gargle, which helps reduce inflammation. And the essential oils all help to fight bacteria and soothe irritation!

Add all of the ingredients to a glass container or jar and shake well to combine. Using a funnel, pour the mixture into a small glass spray bottle. To use for a sore throat, spray one or two pumps towards the back of the throat as needed.

Throat Spray and Cough Drops

Store the leftover mixture in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 6 months. 

Throat Spray and Cough Drops

I’ll be honest and tell you that this spray doesn’t taste great. Apple cider vinegar has a strong flavor and it’s hard to mask. But don’t let that deter you – the point of a throat spray isn’t for it to taste good, it’s to soothe a sore throat! When used, this spray creates a great cooling sensation along the back of your throat.

Soothing Cough Drops 

To make your own cough drops you’ll need a couple of supplies, including a medium-sized saucepan, a candy thermometer, and some plastic or silicone molds. Put the honey into your saucepan and place it over medium heat.

Throat Spray and Cough Drops

Once the honey comes to a boil, lower the heat and cook until it reaches 300 degrees (or the “hard crack” indicator on your candy thermometer) while stirring occasionally. You’ll need to be patient, as this takes a while. Don’t crank the heat to get it to heat up faster, because you’ll likely either have a boil-over situation on your hands, or you’ll scorch the honey and it will end up tasting bitter and burnt.

Throat Spray and Cough Drops

Once it has reached 300 degrees, remove the saucepan from the heat and let it cool for a couple of minutes, then add the essential oils to the pan. Mix well, then pour the mixture into your well-greased molds. (I got these hard candy molds at Michael’s for around $2 each and they worked perfectly for this.)


Once your molds are full, place them in the fridge for a couple of hours, until the candies have hardened and cooled completely. Gently remove them from the molds and wrap each cough drop in a bit of parchment paper, to keep them from sticking together. Store in an airtight container in a cool place, or in your fridge. Use as needed to soothe coughs and sore throats.

Throat Spray and Cough Drops

Making your own cough drops is definitely a labor of love, but it’s definitely worthwhile to be able to know exactly what is going into them!

Here’s hoping that none of us will need them anytime soon! (We can always hope!) :-)

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  • Do you think it would be okay to add Oregano e o to the cough drops too? I just want as many good qualities in eo sick-fighting as I can get. Especially since my children have passed along their cold to me this week. Thanks for posting your recipes!

  • Thanks for posting this recipe, Jillee! I’m so excited to try these out! My fave throat lozenges are spendy and hard to find and I LOVE making my own stuff especially when I can include my fave EO’s!

  • I have found that “Horehound Drops”, sold at Hobby Lobby and Michaels, works great for sore, scratchy throats. It’s marketed as a candy, but the horehound herb in it works wonders. Also, found a recipe for making your own online.

    My co-workers were driving me a crazy with coughs, so I offered them one. Most came back to thank me. I told them, not coughing was thanks enough.

    • You do lose some benefits of raw honey when heating it, unfortunately! But – honey is a better alternative than processed white sugar and artificial sweeteners. We just decided that it would be the best alternative, even with the loss of its raw benefits.

  • I guess I better make these since we are spending Christmas in Utah (Provo) this year; I’ll make some extra to leave behind for my son–it sounds like he might need it.

  • I love this post. However, the print friendly option is still not letting me print things. Can you make these remedies without the shield in them? Just wondering. Also the molds you used are what I use for making the candies that you let set in the fridge. Generally for hard candies, etc you would use the white molds. Im surprised that mold worked for the cough drops.

    • The print option should work, we just fixed it! Did you click the green button with a printer on it that says ‘print friendly?’

      The Shield blend is a pretty great protective blend, I really love it! But you can do it without, the peppermint will still be cooling and lemon kills bacteria.

      The molds worked great :-)

  • Good morning Jillee!
    Thanks for the post! I was wondering if it was ok to use if you are pregnant? So far, I have been able to avoid being sick, however I know that as a teacher I cannot avoid it forever. There are so many things I cannot take, and I was wondering if the Shield e.o. is safe for me to take.

    Thank you,

  • I too am having the same problems as the posts before me. I would appreciate your assistance as well.

    Thanks for the great post. I awoke today with a sore throat.

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